Den­tal im­plants may be right for you

DR. ED­WIN LE­WANDOWSKI & DR. ERICA BORCHIVER

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Do you wear den­tures? Many peo­ple over the age of 65 use some form of re­mov­able den­ture. While the ma­jor­ity of den­tures fit well, some al­ways move, lift and cause dis­com­fort. These peo­ple may choose not to wear them. This may lead to dif­fi­culty chew­ing and lack of con­fi­dence in so­cial in­ter­ac­tions. There is also a strong link be­tween over­all good health and proper oral care.

Den­tal im­plants can help. Den­tal im­plants can re­store com­fort and con­fi­dence and help peo­ple love their den­tures again. A den­tal im­plant has two parts: a me­tal root that is se­cured to the jaw bone and an abut­ment. The abut­ment is a specif­i­cally-made part that will se­curely an­chor your den­ture in place pre­vent­ing move­ment. Im­plants are so ver­sa­tile that they can re­place a sin­gle tooth or a bridge, elim­i­nate the need for a re­mov­able par­tial den­ture or even se­cure com­plete full-mouth den­tures. Im­plants are safe and have a proven track record for long-term suc­cess. When us­ing im­plants to re­place a sin­gle tooth, neigh­bour­ing teeth do not need to be used as anchors for the re­place­ment mak­ing it a very con­ser­va­tive choice in many cases.

Den­tal im­plants do not re­quire any spe­cial care other than rou­tine den­tal vis­its. Age is not a fac­tor in the suc­cess of den­tal im­plants. Most peo­ple in good health are ex­cel­lent can­di­dates.

Do you have bro­ken or miss­ing teeth? One Visit Porce­lain

Crowns may be right for you. A full or par­tial crown is used to re­place or strengthen a bro­ken tooth. When a tooth is filled mul­ti­ple times through­out a pa­tient’s life, the crit­i­cal tooth struc­ture nec­es­sary for the tooth to be strong and func­tion well may be lost. Many of these teeth break and re­quire restor­ing. Op­tions usu­ally in­clude very large fill­ings or crowns. Fill­ings fit in­side the tooth and re­quire orig­i­nal tooth struc­ture to hold it all to­gether. If part or all of the orig­i­nal tooth has been lost, then a full cov­er­age crown may be a bet­ter op­tion. There are many dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods that may be used to make full cov­er­age crowns. With dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, we can make a di­rect 3D im­age of the bro­ken tooth from the pa­tient’s mouth, de­sign the new tooth (crown) on the com­puter chair­side and have the new tooth made in the of­fice. These crowns are beau­ti­ful, strong and func­tional and are per­ma­nently placed in the pa­tient’s mouth in one visit. Amaz­ing tech­nol­ogy!!!

Dr. Le­wandowski is a grad­u­ate of the New York Univer­sity (NYU) Col­lege of Den­tistry. While liv­ing in New York, Dr. Le­wandowski was an in­struc­tor at the NYU Fac­ulty of Den­tistry. He also worked in a hos­pi­tal den­tal clinic while main­tain­ing a pri­vate den­tal prac­tice in New Jersey. Dr. Le­wandowski cur­rently runs a full time den­tal prac­tice in Thorn­hill.

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